New Delhi, Aug. 18: Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda was today remanded in seven days’ police custody after he surrendered at Ashok Vihar police station in connection with an airhostess’s suicide.
Kanda has been on the run for 10 days after he was accused of abetting the suicide of Geetika Sharma in his now defunct MDLR Airlines. Under IPC Section 306, abetting suicide carries a maximum term of 10 years.
He appeared calm and kept laughing in the courtroom, where an aide embraced him and said: “Ghabraiye nahin sir.… Yeh saat din hanste khelte gujar jayenge (Sir, don’t worry. These seven days will pass off in a trice).”
Kanda was arrested in the wee hours after he reached the police station around 4.30am in a vehicle belonging to a Hindi news channel.
“I am here to help policemen in investigations and am surrendering on my own,” he told mediapersons before surrendering. He was accused of mental torture in Geetika’s suicide note. Delhi High Court denied him anticipatory bail yesterday.